The BEST Episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 10, 2019

Network: Nickelodeon

With the Fire Nation on the brink of global domination, a young girl and her brother discover a 12-year old Airbender who reveals himself as the Avatar. Will this irresponsible kid accept his destiny in time to save the world?

Sozin's Comet: Avatar Aang (4)

#1 - Sozin's Comet: Avatar Aang (4)

Season 3 - Episode 21

Aang defeats the Fire Lord by bending the elements within the Fire Lord and removing his fire bending abilities. After Zuko is taken down protecting Katara from Azula, Katara fights and manages to restrain Azula. Afterwards, Zuko is crowned Fire Lord and promises a better future for the world. Aang takes his place as the next Avatar, changing his attire in the process. Katara finally shows her love for Aang as they kiss in the last scene.

star 8.74
1,616 votes
Writers: Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino
The Siege of the North (2)

#2 - The Siege of the North (2)

Season 1 - Episode 20

Aang returns from the spirit world to a big surprise. Meanwhile, Zhao and his forces continue to press deeper into the Northern Water Tribe. What could possibly stop the fire nation from destroying this tranquil region? If Zhao has his way, nothing. Also, Iroh makes a powerful stand and Zuko struggles to keep his plan intact.

star 8.52
1,286 votes
Writers: Aaron Ehasz
Sozin's Comet: Into the Inferno (3)

#3 - Sozin's Comet: Into the Inferno (3)

Season 3 - Episode 20

Sokka, Suki, and Toph try to stop the Fire Nation's air fleet. Meanwhile, Zuko and Azula duel in an Agni Kai and Aang confronts the Fire Lord. On the verge of losing, Aang gets hit in the back of his scar which sends him into the Avatar State.

star 8.37
1,301 votes
Writers: Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino
Sozin's Comet: The Phoenix King (1)

#4 - Sozin's Comet: The Phoenix King (1)

Season 3 - Episode 18

Aang struggles to decide whether or not he has to kill the Fire Lord and, during the night, is drawn toward an island which disappears before morning. Zuko leads the rest of the group to the Earth Kingdom to meet a tracker whom they hope can find Aang. The Fire Lord crowns himself Phoenix King and Aang awakens on the island not knowing where he is.

star 8.37
1,568 votes
Directors: Ethan Spaulding
Writers: Michael Dante DiMartino
The Crossroads of Destiny

#5 - The Crossroads of Destiny

Season 2 - Episode 20

Everyone races against time to stop Azula's sinister plan. Zuko finds companionship in an unlikely source. Aang's destiny hangs in the balance - and so does Zuko's, as Iroh tells him "it is time to choose."

star 8.36
1,190 votes
Writers: Aaron Ehasz
The Blind Bandit

#6 - The Blind Bandit

Season 2 - Episode 6

In search for an Earthbending teacher for Aang, the kids go to an underground Earthbending tournament called Earth Rumble 6, where they encounter Toph (aka the Blind Bandit), a blind, but powerful Earthbending girl. After seeing her unique style of Earthbending, Aang wants Toph to become his teacher, but there are complications with Toph's family.

star 8.23
1,603 votes
Directors: Ethan Spaulding
Writers: Michael Dante DiMartino
The Siege of the North (1)

#7 - The Siege of the North (1)

Season 1 - Episode 19

In the first half of the two-part season finale, Zhao begins to launch his attack against the Northern Water Tribe. As the walls of the prestiged city begin to fall, the Avatar taps into the spirit world and seeks the help of one of the oldest spirits, in hopes of saving one of the most prominent areas of the world.

star 8.23
1,416 votes
Writers: John O'Bryan
The Boiling Rock (2)

#8 - The Boiling Rock (2)

Season 3 - Episode 15

Zuko and Sokka make new plans to break out of the prison with Suki, Sokka's father and some others while a shocking twist leaves Azula none to happy with her two closest friends.

star 8.20
1,419 votes
Directors: Ethan Spaulding
Writers: Joshua Hamilton
The Day of Black Sun, Part 1: The Invasion

#9 - The Day of Black Sun, Part 1: The Invasion

Season 3 - Episode 10

The day of the eclipse has arrived, and the invasion force gathers together to make last preparations. They infiltrate the island and the battle begins. Meanwhile, Aang searches for the Firelord.

star 8.20
1,357 votes
Directors: Giancarlo Volpe
Writers: Michael Dante DiMartino
The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse

#10 - The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse

Season 3 - Episode 11

As the invasion force fights their way to the Fire Nation capital, the kids help Aang to find the Fire Lord in time for the eclipse. But there are a few surprises. Zuko confronts his father and tells him that he's going to join the Avatar.

star 8.19
1,060 votes
Writers: Aaron Ehasz
The Avatar and the Firelord

#11 - The Avatar and the Firelord

Season 3 - Episode 6

The tale of Avatar Roku and Fire Lord Sozin is revealed to Aang and Zuko by different sources. Both learn about themselves and are shown the origins of the war.

star 8.18
1,590 votes
Directors: Ethan Spaulding
Writers: Elizabeth Welch Ehasz
The Western Air Temple

#12 - The Western Air Temple

Season 3 - Episode 12

Aang and the group arrive at the Western Air Temple, with Zuko in pursuit. Zuko only wishes to be accepted, and help the Avatar, but will the group allow him to teach Aang firebending?

star 8.15
1,513 votes
Directors: Ethan Spaulding
Writers: Elizabeth Welch Ehasz, Tim Hedrick
The Blue Spirit

#13 - The Blue Spirit

Season 1 - Episode 13

While Aang, Katara and Sokka are traveling, Sokka gets a fever. Katara and Aang try to help Sokka, when only Katara catches the fever. It's up to Aang to go up on his own to save his two friends.But before he can get the medicine he is captured by the newly promoted Admiral Zhao and put in Zhao's fortress.Will Aang save Sokka and Katara in time?And who is this strange figure wearing a blue demonic looking mask?

star 8.08
1,545 votes
Directors: Dave Filoni
Writers: Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino
Appa's Lost Days

#14 - Appa's Lost Days

Season 2 - Episode 16

In this special episode, we flash back to the moment Appa was stolen, find out where he has gone, who he has met along the way, and—most importantly—where he is now.

star 8.06
1,446 votes
Directors: Giancarlo Volpe
Writers: Elizabeth Welch Ehasz
The Puppetmaster

#15 - The Puppetmaster

Season 3 - Episode 8

The gang investigates the bizarre disappearances taking place within an eerie town.

star 8.06
1,556 votes
Writers: Tim Hedrick
Sozin's Comet: The Old Masters (2)

#16 - Sozin's Comet: The Old Masters (2)

Season 3 - Episode 19

While on the island, Aang seeks guidance from his past lives, but is not pleased with what he is told. The island, in fact, turns out to be a lion turtle from which Aang is given the guidance he had been seeking. After the tracker is unable to track Aang, the rest of the group decide they must find Iroh. Meanwhile, while tracking down Iroh, the group meets up with The Order of the White Lotus, a group that transcends the division of the four nations. After a discussion with Iroh the team decides to split up: Sokka, Suki, and Toph head to stop the Fire Nation's air fleet, the masters head to reclaim Ba Sing Se, and Katara, Zuko, and Appa head to defeat Azula.

star 8.06
1,148 votes
Directors: Giancarlo Volpe
Writers: Aaron Ehasz
Zuko Alone

#17 - Zuko Alone

Season 2 - Episode 7

Zuko travels by himself to an Earth Kingdom town were he meets a local boy. The two almost become friends, meanwhile Zuko suffers from flashbacks of his past.

star 8.03
1,592 votes
Writers: Elizabeth Welch Ehasz
The Northern Air Temple

#18 - The Northern Air Temple

Season 1 - Episode 17

When Aang and his friends hear rumors about surviving airbenders, they decide to stop by the Northern Air Temple on their way to the North Pole to see for themselves. What they find is a bunch of people who are not airbenders, but have mastered the art of gliding; though this upsets Aang because they have been defacing the temple. However, there was one part of the temple where nobody has been able to enter, and what Aang and his friends discover inside spells oncoming conflict.

star 8.03
1,484 votes
Directors: Dave Filoni
Writers: Elizabeth Welch Ehasz
Lake Laogai

#19 - Lake Laogai

Season 2 - Episode 17

Aang and his friends continue to search for Appa and, unbeknownst to them, they aren't the only ones looking for him. During their search, the kids meet up with Jet, whom they are understandably reluctant to trust. The kids soon realize that the Dai Li are doing their best to thwart the kids efforts to find Appa. Meanwhile, Uncle Iroh is offered his own tea shop in the upper ring, and Zuko discovers the avatar is in the city.

star 8.03
1,563 votes
Writers: Tim Hedrick
The Southern Raiders

#20 - The Southern Raiders

Season 3 - Episode 16

Katara decides to confront the Fire Nation soldier responsible for her mother's death. Aang tries to talk her out of it, and Katara later realizes he was right and learns a lesson about life and herself.

star 8.02
1,598 votes
Writers: Elizabeth Welch Ehasz
The Drill

#21 - The Drill

Season 2 - Episode 13

Having made it to the outer wall of Ba Sing Se, the kids confront a Fire Nation army that is driving a massive Fire Nation drill, which poses an imminent threat to the last Earth Kingdom stronghold. Meanwhile, Zuko and Iroh make crucial mistakes which begin to attract Jet's suspicions.

star 8.02
1,530 votes
Directors: Giancarlo Volpe
Writers: Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino
Sokka's Master

#22 - Sokka's Master

Season 3 - Episode 4

Feeling as though he isn't contributing enough to the group, Sokka seeks out an elusive swordsmaster from whom he can learn the ways of the blade.

star 8.02
1,573 votes
Directors: Giancarlo Volpe
Writers: Tim Hedrick
Avatar Roku: Winter Solstice (2)

#23 - Avatar Roku: Winter Solstice (2)

Season 1 - Episode 8

To contact the spirit of the previous Avatar, Aang must reach a temple in the Fire Nation before the sun sets on the following day. There he will learn what he must do to restore balance to the world. Zuko must defy his banishment to follow Aang.

star 8.01
1,693 votes
Directors: Giancarlo Volpe
Writers: Michael Dante DiMartino
The Ember Island Players

#24 - The Ember Island Players

Season 3 - Episode 17

A play recounting the gang's adventures does not sit well with Aang and his friends, except for Toph who enjoys it very much. Meanwhile, Aang confesses his love to Katara, but the response is ambiguous.

star 8.01
1,502 votes
Directors: Giancarlo Volpe
Writers: John O'Bryan, Josh Hamilton, Tim Hedrick
The Guru

#25 - The Guru

Season 2 - Episode 19

Aang receives guidance from Guru Pathik at the Eastern Air Temple; Sokka is reunited with his long-lost father; Princess Azula has something diabolical in store for her enemies; Uncle and Zuko run their own tea shop.

star 8.00
1,487 votes
Directors: Giancarlo Volpe
Writers: Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino